Ray Dempsey, Jr. is vice president & head of external affairs for BP America and president of the BP Foundation. He is based in BP's Washington, D.C. office.
Dempsey has worked in the energy industry for more than 25 years in a variety of roles in engineering, strategy, finance, and external affairs in the US and abroad.
In his current role, Dempsey leads BP's national advocacy efforts. By stewarding community investments and through identifying what he calls "intersections of interest," Dempsey and his team are focused on building lasting partnerships for the company - particularly in the areas of STEM education and veteran outreach.
Dempsey also directs BP's supplier diversity efforts, concentrating on creating more opportunities for minority and women business enterprises to do business with BP. As the demographics of the country continue to shift, Dempsey understands the importance of having a supply chain - and a company - that reflects the communities where we live and work.
As president of the BP Foundation, Dempsey guides global philanthropic giving programs, including employee matching gifts, disaster relief, and grants for education, environment, and economic development. During Dempsey's tenure, the BP Foundation has been recognized as a leading corporate foundation by the Houston Chronicle and as a best-in-class employee matching program by TriplePundit (a media consultancy that cultivates awareness and understanding among the business community of the "triple bottom line"?economic, ecological, and social).
Dempsey holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University and a master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He Chairs the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, where he was also named a 2012 Alumni Fellow.
Dempsey is vice chairman of the board for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and treasurer of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. He also sits on the board of directors for the National Urban League, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Dempsey is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders.
Dempsey was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the "2016 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America." He was also named a 2012 "Game Changer" by Politic365, and received the 2013 "Best of Black Business" Award for Visionary Leadership in Energy from the American Academy of Business and Commerce.
He and his wife Alysia have four daughters and reside in Vienna, Virginia.
Sally Scott Marietta is the Program Manager for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC for the IBM Corporation.
Sally's commitment to and involvement with education and economic development has been a lifelong journey. Her current job with IBM allows her to continue her work with corporate citizenship and community engagement, because of IBM's historic involvement with and investment in local communities.
IBM is committed to K-12 education, workforce development, diversity issues and support for the disadvantaged through its people and technology. IBM employees are considered its strongest philanthropic asset in its approach to improving the communities in which they live and work.
In support of IBM's primary focus areas, Sally represents IBM on the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and Washington Grantsmakers. She is a member of the Technology Council of Maryland's Governmental Relations Committee. She is also a member of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education's Steering Committee.
Prior to joining IBM, Sally was Executive Director of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. She was previously a vice president of The Greater Washington Board of Trade.